Day 10: Marshmallows
Until a few years ago, I never knew that a person could make their own marshmallows. And when you can buy a bag at the store for just a couple of dollars, why would anyone want to bother? Well, that was what I thought before I actually tasted a handmade marshmallow. They are astounding. Of all the candies I have made during this series, this is the one in which the store bought version and the homemade version are really two different candies.
It is hard to describe the difference. Homemade ones are softer, more flavorful, and not as sticky. Plus it’s missing any artificial flavors or aftertastes. All I can say is that they are fabulous.
Also, they are not too hard. I looked around at a lot of different recipes and I found that they were divided into two camps: ones that used egg whites and ones that did not. It took me a long time to decide on a recipe, but in the end I chose one that did not use egg whites because I thought that would prolong their shelf life. Also, egg whites can be fussy. I used a recipe from this book, which is similar to this recipe on the internet.
Basically, marshmallows consist of gelatin
that is whipped with a hot sugar and corn syrup mixture.
I was amazed at how fluffy and white they were with no egg whites in sight! You can add any flavor at the end of whipping. As it was our first try, we went with plain vanilla, though mint was very tempting.
The mixture is turnout out into a foil lined and greased pan and spread out.
Then, you have to wait a day for them to set and dry out a bit before you cut them.
Again, my handy kitchen scissors came to the rescue. To keep the marshmallows from sticking together, they get tossed in a corn starch and powdered sugar mixture.
The boys and I are already making plans for lemon marshmallows and strawberry marshmallows and mint marshmallows, the list could go on and on!
I usually think of marshmallows as a topping or something that needs to be melted and mixed with something or a candy that needs roasting. These ones, however, I am planning to eat plain and I have even considered hiding them away for my consumption only. However, I don’t really have to do that because they are not that hard to make. Plus, it’s Christmas, so I have to share. And I will! There is already a little bag of marshmallows waiting in the giveaway box, so leave a comment for a chance to win! Tell me, what is your favorite way to eat a marshmallow?